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Skipper Harmanpreet Ruled Out of T20 Opener Against South Africa, Informs Smriti Mandhana

India skipper Harmanpreet Kaur has been dominated out of the opening ladies’s T20 International of the three-match collection in opposition to South Africa right here resulting from an harm, vice-captain Smriti Mandhana mentioned on Friday. Harmanpreet suffered a hip-flexor harm whereas batting within the fifth ODI in opposition to the identical opponents on Wednesday.

The collection opener can be held on Saturday. “She (Harmanpreet) is out of tomorrow’s match and rest of the update on her condition will be given by the medical team,” Mandhana, a left-handed opener, mentioned throughout a digital pre-match press convention.

India have been outplayed by South Africa within the ladies’s ODI collection with the guests pocketing the rubber 1-4. But Mandhana mentioned the ODI collection is a factor of the previous as their focus shifts to the T20 rubber. “We will try to forget the ODIs and focus on the T20 series. Yes, the ODI series was a disappointment but we need to forget that and move ahead. Some new faces have come in the team, so we need to think fresh,” Mandhana mentioned. “We had a discussion on how to go about our preparation, what went wrong in the ODI series and how to go forward. We now need to concentrate on the T20s. We are now looking at the ODI series as a preparation for T20 series.” The Indian ladies have been very sloppy within the subject in the course of the ODI collection and Mandhana pressured on engaged on that side of the sport.

“We have been in the process in the last 3-4 years. Few catches haave dropped in the ODis, but we need to get on with a fresh mind in the T20 series and leave behind the ODI series disappointment,” she mentioned. She additionally identified that the spinners, India’s greatest energy, want to drag up their socks within the T20 collection.

“Spinners are our biggest stregnth. Definitely, they (spinners) were not bad but inconsistent in their bowling (in the ODI series). But if we keep pitching the ball in the same same areas, it will become difficult for batters,” Mandhana mentioned.

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